Bakery VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS

 

The Centre for Better Health recognises a healthy community is an inclusive community in which individuals can live satisfying and hopeful lives and where there is no stigma about mental ill health.

Our Social Enterprises, Better Health Bakery, Better Health Bikes and Better Health Products, are each a thriving example of this ethos in practice.

Here we celebrate the inspiring stories and work that we see our volunteers producing day-in and day-out. Click below to read about their experiences…

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Agnese

What have been the benefits of volunteering at the bakery?
I've learned more about baking bread, met many lovely people and really enjoyed working together for such a noble scope and baking amazing quality bread.

What have you done well that you can be proud of?
I think I've learned shaping pretty quickly. I hope I have been helpful and benefited the bakery.

Name one thing that inspires you about this kind of work and what you have most connected with.
I really love healthy food, slow food, real food. Learning more about it was great. I loved working together to create such a lovely product.

What advice could you offer to a new volunteer starting at the bakery?
Don't wear nice shoes during the shift!

How has this experience influenced your ideas about the work place?
I'm used to work in an office. I've loved moving around.

 How do you see yourself applying what you have learnt here in the future?
I'm applying it for home baking already. I wouldn't mind working in a bakery part time.

What are you doing now that you have finished volunteering?
I'm a mum and freelance graphic designer.

 
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Brenda

What have been the benefits of volunteering at the bakery?
It was great to volunteer in the bakery and work in a friendly team who were always very supportive and respectful. I enjoyed working with the trainees and developing a rapport. I never felt there was any hierarchy and everyone was incredibly patient and polite. I learnt a lot about the many processes needed to produce good sourdough bread. The various playlists were interesting – some better than others but I love to work with a tune going. I enjoyed the morning huddle, the banter around the table and the amazing cheese toasties.

What have you done well that you can be proud of?
I have learnt to shape oval loaves. Not perfectly but much better than the ones I made at home previously.

Name one thing that inspires you about this kind of work and what you have most connected with.
Teamwork

What advice could you offer to a new volunteer starting at the bakery?
Don’t hold back on asking questions or asking for help. If you forget just ask.

How has this experience influenced your ideas about the work place?
Volunteering at the bakery has reinforced the importance of human interaction for me. 

How do you see yourself applying what you have learnt here in the future?
I will be baking more bread, trying out some of the recipes I learnt whilst at the bakery and looking at the possibility of employing staff in the future.

What are you doing now that you have finished volunteering?
I’ve caught up on some of my own business development and admin, gardening, and have signed up to mosaic and Babka workshops.

 
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Jenkin

What have been the benefits of volunteering?
Learning how to bake/form sourdough, I needed a bit of guidance and am definitely now going to try it at home! It was also wonderful working with such amazing people.

What have you done well that you can be proud of?
I'm now pretty decent at shaping and have even been holding 'masterclasses' for shaping the hot cross buns!

Name something that inspires you about this kind of work and what you have most connected with?
I'm big on giving back and doing something within the local community, the social enterprise element here is a plus! I enjoy working with local rather than the bigger charities.

What advice would you offer to a new volunteer starting at the bakery?
Don't be scared, most mistakes can be corrected. Try everything and don't be afraid to ask questions. Jump in hard and just do it!

How has this experience influenced your ideas about the workplace?
I don't think it has. Growing up in Canada there are lots of opportunities for trainee and volunteer placements, and I've worked across a few including Starbucks and in the electronics industry. My previous job had to do with the workplace so I have been exposed to many different styles.

How do you see yourself applying what you have learnt here in the future?
At home, baking! I have a new found respect for bakers and other roles within the bakery - it's tiring work!

What are you doing now you have finished volunteering?
I'm moving to Singapore to start a new role with a tech company.